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  • I'm walking across Alaska!

    well, part way, anyway. I'll finish (I hope) the trip in an inflatable canoe.

    The plan is to start at the Canadian border and basically follow the crest of the Brooks Range, ending up at the headwaters of the Noatak. From there I'll travel by water to Kotzebue.

    I hope to get some good fishing along the way, and will likely look for a big bull caribou. I'll also be keeping my eyes open for big rams for next year! Mostly though, this trip is just for the experience.

    I've got a map and some more information on this page if you'd like to check it out. http://www.bucktrack.com/Alaska_Broo..._Traverse.html I'll be sending text messages to a friend who has kindly agreed to post updates there.

    Enjoy your summer everyone, and stay safe!

    Buck

  • #2
    Wow, Buck!

    That's quite an adventure there, young lad. Will you be filming it?

    -Mike
    Michael Strahan
    Site Owner
    Alaska Hunt Consultant
    1 (907) 229-4501

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    • #3
      Looks like an awesome adventure...but take a gun.

      my .02
      A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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      • #4
        Sounds like the trip of a lifetime.........Or two for you! I'm sure adventure will be plentiful and hopefully the big Bulls will be too.

        Best of luck and stay safe!

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        • #5
          That sounds like a excellent adventure Buck, especially if you are alone. Good luck to you and be careful. When is this gonna happen?

          You know what you should do Buck, have a video camera along and film it. Produce videos/DVD's and then exchange them for money. Even have a webpage set up so people can buy them through the web.

          Good luck, I mean it.

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          • #6
            A Blog?

            Originally posted by Buck Nelson
            ... I'll be sending text messages to a friend who has kindly agreed to post updates there...
            Buck,

            You might consider a blog with an RSS feed, so we can subscribe. That way, we can stay on top of your progress.

            Best of luck!


            -Mike
            Michael Strahan
            Site Owner
            Alaska Hunt Consultant
            1 (907) 229-4501

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            • #7
              A couple of quick questions

              Buck,

              Sounds like a great trip. I am going to be doing a 10 day trip in some of the same country as you in the eastern Brooks during late July.

              I am curious why you chose to go in mid June when there could still be a fair amount of snow up high and potentially swollen rivers due to snow melt?

              I was also wondering what steps you are going to take to "weatherize" your rifle when you cache it on the Noatak?

              Finally I was wondering about the thought process you went through when you decided to not take a firearm for bear protection. We all know that bear attacks are on the rise in Alaska and you probably recall the experienced couple who were killed by a bear on the Hula Hula last year. After living in Alaska for nearly all of my life and working in remote field camps in some of the highest bear density areas on Kodiak I didn't think it could happen to me until a friend I was with was mauled in the north Wrangells in 2004. As a true gun nut it pains me to say it, but I wasn't armed at the time. I chose not to arm myself to save weight and am not making that mistake again! I still believe that the odds of having a violent encounter with a bear are extremely rare, but I have learned that the consequences of such an encounter are unacceptable. Are you taking pepper spray? I'm now carrying one of the S&W scandium 44 magnum revolvers unless I have a rifle. The scandium .44 magnum doesn't weigh much more than a large can of pepper spray.
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              • #8
                Quite a few walking across this summer

                Buck,

                There's three guys doing a similar trek right now, though it's a speed trek:
                http://www.ryanjordan.com

                They started in Kivalina. Some may find their website updates interesting. They surprised a grizz on a fresh moose kill on day 2, have been seeing plenty of bears.

                Good luck on your trip,
                Mark

                Mark Richards
                www.residenthuntersofalaska.org

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                • #9
                  I'm off on Sunday

                  Looks like I'm leaving tomorrow, June 18.

                  Thanks for your ideas and good wishes. I certainly put a lot of thought into carrying a gun, but it's all about odds. If memory and my research serves me correctly, I could find record of a total of three people killed by bears in the Brooks Range in recorded history, including the couple killed on the Hula Hula (who had a gun) and a guy on the tributary of the Noatak.

                  I'm far more likely to be killed flying out, yet I'm not going to wear a helmet. I'm more likely to be killed crossing a river, yet I'm not carrying a life jacket. Believe me, there are many areas in Alaska where I would definitely carry a gun.

                  When I get to salmon/grizzly country, I'll have my rifle. I am taking a satellite phone on this trip, which in my opinion is a bigger safety factor.

                  My stainless rifle will be sealed in a barrel until I get there, so it should be OK. I'm leaving now because I have a long way to travel, and it will be easier to deal with conditions if I leave a little to early than conditions if I finish too late!

                  That might be a good idea on the blog, Mike, but I'm leaving in a few hours, so will make do with what I've got set up now.

                  Have a good summer, everyone, and thank again.

                  http://www.bucktrack.com/Alaska_Broo..._Traverse.html

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                  • #10
                    Hey Buck

                    Hey Buck,

                    If you happen to read this before you go, please say hi to Marty for me, from Mark on the Kandik. He and his brother have a trapline not far from mine. I took a look at your website; good info on the trip. Not quite sure how you are going to find the food caches! Figure you will gps the drop location, but man that's gotta be tough finding them on the ground. Liked what you had to say on ANWR drilling on your page. I'm with you on that. 11 miles a day...man it's gonna be something. I'd need lots of moleskin <grin>.

                    Best, Mark
                    Mark Richards
                    www.residenthuntersofalaska.org

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                    • #11
                      What an Adventure

                      You are the adventure king, Buck! Best of luck to you and take care.

                      Dan

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                      • #12
                        Yeah, I guess those airplanes run on electricity.

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                        • #13
                          July 2 Update!

                          Hi folks,

                          Just thought you might appreciate a reminder to check in now and then on the progress of Buck's traverse of the Brooks Range. Here's the link. The last update was July 2 and he'd already walked 172 miles.

                          Enjoy your summer!

                          -Mike
                          Michael Strahan
                          Site Owner
                          Alaska Hunt Consultant
                          1 (907) 229-4501

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                          • #14
                            I noticed on bucks website he said he'd be possibly dining on game meat once he gets to the Noatak. I also noticed that he plans on as much as 4 weeks on the Noatak. I'm wondering how he intends to care for meat over that period of time. Can he consume a whole caribou's worth (assuming that's the kind of meat he gets) of meat during his journey?
                            Also wondering why a few of you ethics policemen haven't asked this question already.
                            I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
                            I have less friends now!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by martentrapper
                              I noticed on bucks website he said he'd be possibly dining on game meat once he gets to the Noatak. I also noticed that he plans on as much as 4 weeks on the Noatak. I'm wondering how he intends to care for meat over that period of time. Can he consume a whole caribou's worth (assuming that's the kind of meat he gets) of meat during his journey?
                              Also wondering why a few of you ethics policemen haven't asked this question already.
                              He'll probably give most of the meat away like he did when he shot his two bull caribou in his video. And from seeing how well he cared for his meat in that video, I wouldn't worry about him and the whole wanton waste issue.

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